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Ian Welke writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His short stories have appeared in KZine, spacewesterns.com, Arcane II, Zombie Jesus and Other True Stories, and the American Nightmare anthology among others. His first novel, The Whisperer in Dissonance, was published by Omnium Gatherum in 2014. End Times at Ridgemont High is his second novel and has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award.

Before writing full time, Ian worked in the computer games industry. He was lucky enough to work at Blizzard Entertainment and at Runic Games. These days, when he’s not at his desk writing, Ian enjoys a variety of games. His favorites tend to be elaborate board games with many pieces and rules to confuse, though he’s happiest going mad with his
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Ian Welke The ideas for The Whisperer in Dissonance came from a number of places. The most obvious is the title, which derives from HP Lovecraft's The Whisperer…moreThe ideas for The Whisperer in Dissonance came from a number of places. The most obvious is the title, which derives from HP Lovecraft's The Whisperer in Darkness. The Whisperer in Darkness has one of my favorite eerie moments in any story, when the reader realizes that the person the narrator is communicating with is no longer the person the narrator thinks he is. I experienced something similar to this talking with someone online who turned out to be a hacker rather than my friend and the slow realization that "my friend" didn't sound right was damned eerie.

A large part of the inspiration came from my own insomnia and sleep deprived craziness.

At the time I wrote the first outline, I was working in the computer games industry. I realize of course that there are worse jobs. But one thing about it was whenever we'd work long hours, someone would say you do this because you love it. I thought, what happens when the same long hours of often unpaid overtime gets applied to a job you don't love? Given that right now any attempt to protect workers is seen as equating with complete and total communism, how far can workers get exploited simply to maintain their jobs? So that led to the setup for the novel, the state the narrator is in when things really go off the rails.(less)
Ian Welke It's pretty rare that I run into a real block. I'm usually working on a few things at once, so I can usually switch if I'm stuck on one thing.…moreIt's pretty rare that I run into a real block. I'm usually working on a few things at once, so I can usually switch if I'm stuck on one thing. Sometimes though, I have to get past what I'm stuck on, so the best thing I find is to, since I work in Scrivener, create a new text file outside of the main manuscript and write things like:

What if the characters find the answer in X?

Wouldn't it be cool if Y happened?

Or I list 5 things I'd like to happen in the section I'm stuck in.

Usually one of those questions I ask myself will prompt a way past the block.(less)
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The Madness of Now

Picture a fork.

Now imagine that the fork has for some reason entered the National Discourse.

Initial News Story: There is a fork.

Response From Fox News: The liberal mainstream media is reporting a fork, but is it? Or is it a spoon?

(Five minutes later) Trump’s Twitter: Very wrong failing media talking about Trump and fork… everyone knows that’s a spoon. Enjoy!

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Ian Welke Mark wrote: "Hi Ian: I saw you like the blog post. I know it's not book related, but I love showing off some of the great people in my life. I hope all finds you well on the west coast."

Nice looking show in your post. Always jealous of the visual artists.

Cheers, Mark!


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Mark Evans Hi Ian: I saw you like the blog post. I know it's not book related, but I love showing off some of the great people in my life. I hope all finds you well on the west coast.


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Ian Welke Mark wrote: "Thank you for taking me on as a friend. It looks like we have both coasts covered, east and west. Hopefully our paths will cross again and we can compare notes.
Mark Evans"


Cheers, Mark! It was good meeting you at the lighthouse. Good luck with the book!


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Mark Evans Thank you for taking me on as a friend. It looks like we have both coasts covered, east and west. Hopefully our paths will cross again and we can compare notes.
Mark Evans


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Hue Ian, you are probably aware of this, but I just remembered one of my PhD/MSWs telling me that insomnia induced hallucinations. That is why they make prisoners stay up all night right before trial so they sound crazy in court as they mumble jumble their way through, and, like you said, make them appear unreliable. I get real messed up when I don't get enough sleep. When I worked at the little flower shop, the light physical labor, such as cleaning flower buckets for 4-6 hours Sunday evenings, made me fall asleep when I got home, and I slept very well. Your dad worked in the prison system. Mebbe he knew sum pin about prisoners and insomnia.


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Ian Welke Sheabody wrote: "Hi, Ian,

It was great seeing you and Amy in Long Beach earlier this month! We talked about your book a little, and you remember that Allan really liked it. Paul also read it, but you will have to ..."


It was nice to see you all as well.

The protagonist in Whisperer... I don't think I intended her to be under the influence during the time period covered in the book. Sleep deprived, certainly, but while I discussed some of her past drug use, that was mostly for the purpose (along with the sleep deprivation) of establishing her as an unreliable narrator.

Welcome to Goodreads!

And good luck with the writing. My best advice is keep at it. It doesn't always make me happy, but I usually feel less crappy if I write than if I don't.

Cheers and I hope you all have a good rest of summer too!


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Hue Hi, Ian,

It was great seeing you and Amy in Long Beach earlier this month! We talked about your book a little, and you remember that Allan really liked it. Paul also read it, but you will have to ask him what he thinks. Generally I try not to speak for others if they can speak or themselves. I read the synopsis of your book and wonder if the protagonist was under the influence. I was in the ER and MICU for 16 days in August 2010 for septic shock, and they sedated me so I would not knock over the IVs. The sedatives gave me vivid hallucinations, mostly visual but also some interactive ones with auditory hallucinations (doctors and Paul talking to me). I've also had real-life insomnia, but I was not under the influence for that.

I've been away from Goodreads for a couple years 'cuz lots were happening in my life, not all positive, but the bad stuff has been resolved after many months. Long story. Now I'm back on 'cuz I like to talk to people about books. I recently deactivated my Facebook account 'cos I wuz spending too much time on it, entertaining people to no end. If I was gonna entertain people, I might as well get paid for it!

In April, I started writing that GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL I always talked about writing but never sat down to write. I was working 25 hours a week, but managed to sit down in the morning and write a little every day, 3-5 days a week, before my work shift. It's about my family's immigration experience from south Vietnam to America, with the American part taking place in Long Beach 97%, and the other 3% in New Hall in 1980. I already know when it ends, right before I left the state of California for college. I cannot delve into the college years and North Carolina and Michigan. Those states will take up another 3-5 volumes, and they are pretty boring compared to my youth in Long Beach. Anything more recent than 1993 is too close for comfort. I can deal with rehashing ancient history. Anyway, so there are two parts to this GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL (it's actually non-fiction, but currently goes under that grandiose name): The Old World (Vietnam and Malaysian refugee camp), and The New World (America). Finished writing about The Old World, though I am sure I will add more details as they come to mind. Finished writing Chapter I of The New World, entitled "Welcome to America". I've shown what I've written so far to circa 100 people in my immediate social circle (friends and family and online friends with whom I've corresponded more than once). I've gotten a lot of encouragement, and some people at the local Quaker meeting told me they were moved by my story. I've looked at a couple publishers in foreign countries but need to look at some American publishers 'cuz my main audience is American. Anyway, other than informing my immediate circle, I am not advertising my literary efforts and pursuits to the public 'coz I don't really have a complete manuscript to show. It's all in my head and needs to be put together. An old friend who is a very prolific author (wrote books on various South American countries and articles for the World Book Encyclopedia and a book volume on the war correspondent Frederick Palmer, and self-published a novel, told me that publishers felt more flattered if they got the complete manuscript.

That's life in a nutshell. This past week Paul helped Gen Gen clean her catastrophe of a room and put in new furniture from Ikea (dresser, desk), and I cleaned out my study and threw out half of the junk so I could concentrate on the writing without cluttered environment.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

-h.


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